Letter from Charles Evans to Reverend Louis F. Benson
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- Benson, Louis FitzGerald, 1855-1930, Evans, Charles, 1850-1935, Correspondence, Abernethy Manuscripts Collection
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1045 PRATT AVENUE ROGERS PARK CHICAGO 22 December, 1910My dear Dr. Benson: The kindness and courtesy of your two letters deserved, and would have received quicker reply but for an absence from Chicago which has been extended much beyond my expectations; and I take the earliest possible opportunity on my return to thank you for them. The 1782 “Collection of hymns” in your possession is indeed a rarity. I have never seen a reference to it in twenty - five years of diligent collecting titles for my work. I considerit a great find for my next volume,and would have been sorry to havemissed it. Is there anything about the hymns which denote their[page break]denominational tendency? If Baptist,it may have been printed by Aitken;but the irregular typography you noteseems to indicate either Benjamin Towne’sor Enoch Story’s Press. The important part exercised by Dr. Watts’sPsalms, and Hymns in the spiritual andliterary thought of our ancestors is wellbrought out in your Monograph. To me it is very instructive and interesting;and will be a stimulus and help tome in gleaning along the path youhave made, so that the student of the future may benefit from our mutual interest in the subject. For the kindness of your suggestionin the matter of a set of the American Bibliography for the PresbyterianHistorical Society, I am truly grateful.The work is being carried on on a small margin, and the loss of an[page break] individual subscriber means as muchin one way, as the gain of an institutiondoes in the other. Individuals and firms lapse, but Institutions endure. I have only two copies of Vol. 1. out in Philadelphiawhich are liable to have been disposed of.One, numbered _148_, was sold to E. R. Jones,through H. W. Fisher + Co. The other, _No. 196_,was sold to W. J. Campbell. I can furnishthe Society Vols. Ⅱ, Ⅲ, and Ⅳ, of either ofthese numbers without breaking another set, and taking all the circumstances intoconsideration, for $ 39. (net price $45.) andwill prepay express charges besides. After the holidays I shall go East againin the interest of my next volume, thistime to Washington and Philadelphia,and hope to have the opportunity of making a personal examination ofthe Society’s valuable collectionsat that time, and paying my respects[page break]to you. With all the best wishes of theseason, I am,Yours, very trulyCharles Evans Rev. Dr. Benson Philadelphia
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